Good evening, y’all.
This morning we left the hotel for the National Civil War Naval Museum right in Columbus. Four massive Naval cannons were on display right outside the museum. The boys gathered there before Jeff, the Director of Education and History, greeted us at the front doors. We gladly left the sticky 75º morning weather for air conditioned comfort.
Jeff brought the boys down to the first exhibit which was a large triple-paneled mural depicting the three categories of naval vehicles: Blue, Green, and Brown Water. The boys were very interested. There were a few in particular who found special interest in all they were seeing. Jeff described several watercrafts and showed the boys items of naval interest: an axe, a cutlass, and a musket. The hour and a half long tour continued on to exhibits such as the famous iron-clad vessel CSS Jackson, the nation’s largest collection of Civil War Naval-related flags, the USS Hartford, and the USS Monitor. The boys were very engaged the whole time. At the end of our visit, Jeff mentioned to Aaron he was impressed with how well the boys maintained their attentiveness throughout the whole tour. It’s very rare.
The gift shop provided many souvenirs to purchase, and soon after shopping the boys were back on the bus. Tristan Wellman was the Officer of the Day, gave the boys some words of wisdom: “If you have fun, you won.” Thusly, “Fun” was his Word of the Day, and he had Camden play “Danger Zone” for his Song of the Day.
Lunch was at Cici’s Pizza in Columbus, and we traveled onward to Birmingham AL. For rest period, they finally got to watch “Stars Wars: Episode IV”. The boys (and Stewart) were very pleased. The drive to Birmingham was roughly 3 hours, and we arrived at All Saints Episcopal Church around 5:15pm; we crossed into Central Time Zone earlier that day. There was no concert tonight. The boys only had to meet their host families and spend the night hanging out with them. Tomorrow they sing for All Saints services, and then have a long travel day to Memphis.
Thanks for reading. Goodnight.